Weekend Sports Roundup

    By SONIA RANDEV

    Premier League Highlights:

    Chelsea stutter to a third successive goalless draw against Leicester

    Arsenal’s form takes another major slump after losing 2-1 to Bournemouth. Sanchez move could be confirmed anytime soon as Manchester United look favourites in signing him ahead of their rivals Manchester City

    Tottenham put on a fine display beating West Ham 4-0.Harry Kane reaches a new milestone by breaking Teddy Sheringham’s record of 97 premier league goals for Tottenham. The 24 year old striker scored twice against West Ham to bring his tally up to 98 league goals in 135 appearances.

    Liverpool were on fire against Manchester City scoring 3 goals in the space of 9 minutes with City trailing 4-1.Silva and Gundogan grabbed two goals back but the end score was Liverpool 4 Manchester City 3.Liverpool move into third place on the Premier League table.

    Womens Football:

    FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup Semi-Final
    Arsenal Women v Reading Women

    Arsenal Women have booked their place in the FA Continental Tyres Cup Final with a late winner scored by Jordan Nobbs.

    Defending Champions Man City Women beat Chelsea Ladies 1-0 which was scored in the 18th minute by Nadia Nadim.
    Arsenal Women now face Man City Women in the final.

    Boxing:

    This week saw Amir King Khan announce his return to the world of Boxing to a packed press conference in London on Wednesday.
    In a surprise turn of events, fans and industry professionals were shocked to hear that Khan had decided to sign a promotional fight deal with Match room Boxing and Eddie Hearn after previous spats. Amir Khan has signed a 3 fight deal for 2018 with his comeback fight taking place on UK soil at the Liverpool Echo Arena on April 21.
    Full feature and highlights from the press conference where our sports correspondent Sonia Randev was present will be out this week. Opponent to be announced this week.

    Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker world title unification fight was officially announced today. The WBO, WBA and IBF belts will be on the line as the heavy weight rivals come face to face at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on March 31 live on Sky Sports box office. This is the first time two reigning heavy weight champions have fought in Britain.
    Full press conference and feature will follow next week.

    Basketball:

    Thursday 11 January saw NBA hit the UK at London’s o2 arena where the Philadelphia 76ers took on the Boston Celtics. The Celtics beat the 76ers 114-103.Full feature out this week where Sonia Randev was live reporting from the packed arena.

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    TEAM GB Flyweight flying the flag high

    By SONIA RANDEV

    TEAM GB Laura Rose Pain is not your average athlete.

    Born with dis-located hips, having trouble walking in her early years and then being told that the odds were stacked against her and that there was a strong possibility that she may not be able to participate in sport, would be enough to discourage most from seeing any positive light in the future.

    However this was not something Laura was willing to accept. Her determination and passion became an obsession to change the outcome of her current situation and prove the doctors wrong.
    Laura has always been a sports enthusiast and even against doctors orders she participated in physical activity by playing football in her Primary years. It was thereafter with the rule that there was not to be any mixed teams; Laura found a girl’s team called Guildford Saints. She then moved to another club called Mousey before getting scouted for Chelsea Ladies.

    She started playing for The Chelsea Ladies Academy from the age of 14 where she felt her development as a football player was really improving, however her hips started to get a clicking sensation every time she played. She was later informed by the doctors that she had a condition called snapping hips which is when two bones snap together every time you move your legs. The decision then followed for her to hang her boots up.

    “It wasn’t an easy decision to stop playing football. Even at times when I had felt discomfort I stopped for a while with hope the pain would ease but reality was I could no longer continue.”

    After a successful operation at Great Ormond Street Hospital, her passion for sports was stronger than ever and it was here she decided to try something different to enable her to continue building her fitness. The hospital had advised that kickboxing would be a good option as it would help with flexibility in the muscles.

    “I still had a huge passion for sport, I wanted to move sports and try something completely different. So I heard there was a kickboxing club down the road from me and thought it would be worth me attending to keep my fitness up and learn self defense at the same time."

    A few years down the line after competing in a few kickboxing tournaments she decided to make the move into Boxing. It was from this moment of stepping into a boxing gym that she knew exactly what she wanted to do with her life.An intense burning desire to help achieve her goals to make the Team GB squad.

    “I stepped into a boxing gym to only improve my hand skill. It was from my first outing that I felt a buzz like I had never felt before. It’s fair to say I felt a connection with the sport instantly.With Boxing I was taken in straight away and made to feel like I belonged and was part of a family. I simply didn’t want to put the gloves down; it was a new challenge but a challenge that I Knew I wouldn’t get bored with.”

    Wanting to follow suit and head in the same direction as her role model Nicola Adams, she participated in trials to secure a place in the squad.

    “I took part in a series of trials called discover your fight. After tough sparring, boxing and fitness tests, I was selected for Team GB Boxing. What an experience this has been. I have so many people to thank that have supported me with my journey so far.My Kick Boxing coach Sean McCarthy and John my boxing trainer who is everything you could ever want in a coach. My family who have encouraged me to carry on. I am thoroughly enjoying being a part of the squad and look forward to setting some new goals for 2018.I just want to inspire the next generation and focus on the task ahead of me.”

    So from being told she may never be able to play sports to now becoming a member of the Team GB squad it is testament to the dedication and character she has shown to make a lifelong dream become a reality.
    19 Year old Laura Pain is flying her own flag high, proving that if you really want something it takes sacrifice,self-belief and determination. A shining example to all.A role model who has the ability to inspire the most uninspired with all that she has accomplished so far.

     

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    Mayor Sadiq Khan appoints deputy mayor for business to safeguard jobs through Brexit fallout

    The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has today (29 June) appointed Rajesh Agrawal as his deputy mayor for business.

    Sadiq Khan has tasked Rajesh Agrawal with championing London’s interests following the EU referendum, and protecting jobs and growth while the negotiation process takes place.

    The Mayor is calling for Britain and London to remain part of the European single market, and for the capital to be granted more autonomy in order to safeguard its business interests. This includes greater powers over skills, infrastructure, housing and planning.

    Rajesh Agrawal, a fintech entrepreneur and innovator, is the founder and CEO of Xendpay, an international money transfer service, and RationalFX, an online foreign exchange service - both of which have grown into globally successful businesses.

    Born and brought up in Indore, India, Rajesh arrived in London in 2001, and grew a two-person enterprise working from one small office into a multi-million pound business based in London, with offices in Birmingham, France and Spain.

    Sadiq Khan said: “I’ve pledged to be the most business-friendly Mayor that London has ever had, and it is now more vital than ever that we act robustly from City Hall to protect our economy from the current uncertainty.

    "London must stay in the single market and be given more powers to ensure we can remain competitive, in order to attract the global enterprise that London’s prosperity relies on. Having arrived in London equipped with the ambition to succeed, Rajesh has created a multi-million pound business from scratch and knows first-hand the challenges that our business leaders face, and what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur. I know that Rajesh is the best person for the job of protecting jobs and growth in London as we deal with the fallout of the referendum.”

    Rajesh Agrawal said: “Having run my own global businesses, I know how important it is that London remains welcoming to European and international trade. I stepped on a plane for the first time 15 years ago to make the journey to London, and found a city that welcomed me with open arms and didn’t make me feel like a stranger. This openness to talent and enterprise must not change as a result of the referendum.

    “I share Sadiq’s belief that a thriving economy is critical to ensure that all Londoners can share in our great city’s future success. The Mayor and I are determined to build a coalition that ensures the needs of business and financial services are at the fore over the coming months of negotiations with the EU. My first priority will be to listen and engage with businesses, to hear their concerns and deliver reassurance.

    “These are extraordinary times and with this comes clear opportunities to reshape our city’s business landscape. We must champion London’s business at home and abroad, whilst equipping our young people for success, tackling rising business and housing costs and securing critical future infrastructure investment.”

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    Mayor of London Sadiq Khan joins Amir Khan and Naughty Boy at The British Asian Trust Iftar event

    One of The Prince's Charities, The British Asian Trust, the UK's leading organisation for British Asian philanthropy, hosted a special evening on June 20 to observe the Islamic month of Ramadan. The event, which featured a traditional Iftar dinner, took place at the prestigious The Savoy and was attended by some of The Trust's key trustees, supporters and ambassadors. The night highlighted the important work of the Trust's Ramadan appeal 'Mind, Body and Sew' for vulnerable women in Pakistan.

    Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, attended the evening as the Guest of Honour and addressed the audience about the essential charitable work The British Asian Trust is undertaking across South Asia, as well as the importance of Ramadan amongst the Islamic community in the UK. The event was also attended by British boxing champion Amir Khan, music producer Naughty Boy and BBC Sport presenter Reshmin Chowdhury amongst others.

    Naughty Boy (L) and Amir Khan attend The British Asian Trust Iftar Evening  [Image Credit: Dave J Hogan]

    Naughty Boy (L) and Amir Khan attend The British Asian Trust Iftar Evening [Image Credit: Dave J Hogan]

     Sadiq Khan says: "This is my first Ramadan as the Mayor of London, and it has been a great opportunity to bring together all communities across the city. It has been especially humbling to see the Muslim community making incredible efforts to support charities and philanthropy throughout the month. The British Asian Trust in particular has continued to do outstanding work - their contribution to the South Asian community globally over the last nine years has been exceptional and as a British Asian myself, I am proud to see so many influential Londoners supporting them. Ramadan Mubarak."

    Richard Hawkes, CEO of the British Asian Trust adds: "Ramadan is traditionally a time for extra giving and goodwill and we have created a campaign during this month to highlight our work to positively impact the lives of some of the most vulnerable women in Pakistan. Tonight's Iftar dinner brings together some of our most prominent donors and supporters to highlight our work in Pakistan and we are delighted to be joined by the Mayor Of London, a proud British Pakistani himself, to share our message and help raise funds to change as many lives as possible in South Asia."

    The event was hosted by BBC News presenter and Trust ambassador Asad Ahmad, who last month travelled to Pakistan, where he met some of the country's most vulnerable women to learn more about The British Asian Trust's work upon their lives. The presenter provided a first-hand account of his visit to highlight the importance of the Trust's fundraising appeal during this campaign.

    During Ramadan this year, The British Asian Trust has launched the 'Mind, Body and Sew' appeal to highlight the life-changing work and raise funds to help give more women a hand up instead of a hand out to ensure they can secure a sustainable livelihood for themselves and their families.

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    ‘The Last Whites of the East End’: Racist or Realistic?

    A recent BBC programme focused on the issue of integration and diversity in London’s East End has prompted extremely divisive reactions amongst viewers, with many users expressing anger and disappointment at the way in which the sensitive topic was handled.

    ‘The Last Whites of the East End’ aired on BBC1 on 24th May 2016 and focused majorly on the borough of Newham, where 73% of residents are now ethnic minorities and black British minorities. Several residents spoke to the BBC1 show about how they will be moving out of the borough soon for areas with a higher White British population such as Essex.

    The show stated that around 70,000 immigrants have moved into London’s east end in the last fifteen years, and claimed that although some residents consider themselves to be ‘true east-enders’, many areas of the area have issues with communities sticking together and refusing to integrate with neighbours.

    In the programme Peter Bell, secretary of East Ham Working Men’s Club, said on camera, “[People say] I can’t believe what’s happened here, it could be Baghdad.”

    “I don’t think the Muslim community want to be part of the traditions here.”

    Newham is considered one of the most multicultural areas of the UK, with 147 languages spoken across the borough. According to national census figures, the ‘White British’ population of this area has dropped from 34% to 17% since 2001 – however, this is still the largest single group of any in Newham, and more people report a British or English national identity than before.

    Newham council also appeared to disagree with the portrayal in the show. Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales, said in a statement: “One of this borough’s greatest strengths is its diversity. People from all backgrounds, cultures and faiths proudly call Newham home.

    “The distorted image of our borough reportedly portrayed in this documentary is not one I or the majority of our residents identify with.”

    Twitter user Chessca Pinamang said of the show: “#thelastwhitesoftheeastend why do you try to fuel racist situations via television @BBC1? I find this slightly hard to watch”

    Twitter user Jonny Walker and Newham resident agreed, stating:”Schools was particularly misleading - Newham schools are strong, multicultural, inclusive, English-speaking & we do do Xmas!”

    Twitter user Joseph Finlay took a similar stance, commenting that: “The Last Whites of the East End is dangerous nonsense. People said all the same things in the 1880s with Jewish immigration.”

    The issue of ‘White Flight’ in the UK has been much discussed in relation to many urban areas across the UK. Immigration is not a new phenomenon, and cities such as Bradford and Newcastle have come under fire in recent years for having supposed large areas of low-integration, high-immigrant populations. ‘White Flight’ is a term that originated in the United States, starting in the mid-20th century, and applied to the migration of people of various European ancestries from racially mixed urban regions to less multi-cultural suburban regions.

    Deprivation and poverty was also addressed as part of the show – Newham is one of the poorest areas of London, and issues of low income and barriers to social housing affect all ethnic groups in the borough.

    Social researcher Ludi Simpson states in his 2009 book ‘'Sleepwalking to segregation’? Challenging myths about race and migration’ that the growth of ethnic minorities in Britain is due mostly to natural population growth (births outnumber deaths) rather than immigration. According to his research, both white and non-white Britons who are able to do so economically are equally likely to leave mixed-race inner-city areas.

    Not everybody disagreed with the portrayal of Newham, however, with some online viewers supporting the approach taken by the show.

    Twitter user Space Bunnyopolous tweeted in relation to the show: “The truth is not racist.”

    Similarly, twitter user Jay Nottage commented: “People not liking this bbc documentary Last Whites of the East End its only telling the truth but I take it some people don't like the truth”

    Twitter user Newark Anagram tied the programme into a comment on the EU Referendum, stating: “The 'Last Whites of the East End' programme should act as a stark warning. If we don't #Brexit, other towns & cities will also disappear.”

    While the programme clearly stirred up highly divisive reactions amongst viewers, both residents of Newham and across the rest of the UK, some reactions were rather more light-hearted, with Twitter user Katie O commenting: “Since when was Newham the east end?

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